Court OKs cop's lawyer impersonation

Sept. 14, 2012 at 4:13 PM
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MILWAUKEE, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- A Wisconsin appeals court has refused to overturn the conspiracy conviction of a man deceived by an undercover police officer posing as a lawyer.

In a ruling this week, the court found the "lawyer" never claimed to be representing William Thomas Hudson III, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. Hudson was convicted after he agreed to commit murder and arson for hire with the undercover officer acting as a go-between.

"While the persona that was utilized was that of a lawyer, no compromise of Hudson's right to counsel took place, as no illusion of representation of Hudson was created," the court wrote.

A majority of justices said they were "disturbed" by the impersonation but that it did not cross the boundary to "outrageous government conduct."

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